p.2 Marine News
Messrs. Jones and Miller's wharf - The schr. Olive Branch is loading railroad iron for Toronto; the schr. Aigle de Mer left for the same destination last evening with 230 tons of rails.
Montreal Transportation Company's wharf - Arrivals: Schr. Melrose, from Toledo, with 20,000 bushels of corn; schr. Eliza Quinlan, from Port Dalhousie, with 8,076 bushels of do. The tug Charlotte left last evening for Montreal with the following barges: Staghound, 10,573 bushels of corn; C., 10,300 bushels of do.; Friend, 10,300 bushels of do.; Relief, 12,310 bushels of do. The barque Arabia is loading 350 tons of pig iron for Chicago.
Messrs. James Swift and Company's wharf - The steamers Corsican and Abyssinian passed up, and the steamer Champion down.
Port Colborne, Aug. 16th - Down - Schrs. Trinidad, Oswego, wheat; Thomas Parsons, Chicago, Kingston, corn; Agnes, Cedar Creek, Kingston, staves; steam barge Belle Cross, Bay City, Ogdensburg, lumber; barges Albany, do., do.; Crocker, do., do.; Lester, do., do.; props Akron, Toledo, Ogdensburg, gen. cargo; Europe, Chicago, Montreal, gen. cargo; schr. C.G. Mixer, Chicago, Kingston, corn.
Up - Prop. Buckeye, schrs. Rising Star, Jamaica, Trenton, G.C. Finney, barque Malta, schrs. Mary S. Burg, Union Jack, barques Gibraltar, Alexander, schrs. Mediterranean, Ontario, Cleveland, pig iron; A. Falconer, Toronto, Port Huron, light; B. Folger, Cleveland, iron ore; prop. Ocean, Montreal, Chicago, gen. cargo; schrs. Augusta, Kingston, Toledo, light; Mary Taylor, Cobourg, Cleveland, iron ore; Lumina, Port Robinson, Cleveland, light.
The Grain Trade - Its Increase - For several years past the large and important grain trade or rather the transhipping business of this port has steadily increased. Although very extensive and profitable last season, we are authentically informed the trade up to the time we write, drawing an inference from the amount of grain passed through the hands of the different forwarding firms, is in excess of that of any previous corresponding date. In 1871 about 10,000,000 were transhipped here; this year it is confidently expected to be considerably more. Immense quantities of wheat and corn are now under way in vessels consigned to Kingston. The experience of the past has, however, been productive of good results. The cargoes are not shipped in a manner to create a rush, and the forwarders being possessed of superior facilities there is no ground for complaint - few detentions occur, and consequently the absence of claims for demurrage. The management of the business in this port - the most prominent in Ontario - is commendable, and its disposal gives satisfaction to all connected therewith.
The Harbour - That Shoal - In Thursday evening's issue we referred to the accident that befel the propeller Lake Michigan, in grounding on the shoal opposite the wharf of the Canadian Engine and Machinery Company, and called the attention of the proper party - the City Council - to the fact that this was not the first mishap that had occurred owing to the absence of a buoy wherewith to designate the danger to vessels entering the port. The Whig makes this the subject of a bitter attack upon the Government, and has a great deal to say about the $10,000 granted for harbour improvement. Balderdash surely. The Whig knows well that it only requires something like $10 to place a buoy upon the rock; it is a matter of purely local interest, and why such buncomb? The writer, however, is excused. It is plainly evident that his brain is rambling. He has little knowledge of the position of the harbour, else, in alluding to the propeller Argyle, which struck on her passage down the St. Lawrence, he would not have said that she continued her course to Oswego, and finally beached on Grenadier Island. Absurd!
-We learn of the drowning of a man from the schooner Richmond on her way from here to Oswego. The man was John Keith, an uncle of the captain's. Mr. Keith, who was walking along the side of the vessel on the lumber, was heard to cry out, and seen fall into the lake. The captain immediately threw overboard a number of planks and the vessel was hove to and the boat sent out, but the man could not be found. He probably sank at once. The occurrence was purely accidental, and no one was to blame. [Napanee Standard]